Talking about personal interests

In this video, Emir asks Paul about his hobbies. Listen to the language they use for talking about personal interests and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.


Ana: Hi! I'm Ana. Welcome to What to Say

Do you know what to say when you talk about your personal interests? Listen out for useful language for talking about personal interests. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.


Emir: Hi, Paul. I made you a cup of tea. Just how you like it, milk and two sugars.

Paul: Oh, thanks, Emir.

Emir: You're welcome. So what do you do when you're not working?

Paul: Oh, umm, not much. I'm always really tired in the evenings and at weekends.

Emir: Haven't you got any hobbies?

Paul: Well, I've recently started doing meditation.

Emir: I didn't know you did meditation. I do too!

Paul: Oh, right. So, um, how often do you practise? 

Emir: Most mornings usually, but if it's really busy, then sometimes it's hard to find time. 

Paul: Yeah, I know what you mean. I normally meditate once or twice a week. I never have enough time to do it more than that.

Emir: What are you doing now?

Paul: Nothing much, just drinking my tea … 


Ana: Hello again! Now that's something you don't see in the office every day! So, did you notice the useful phrases used for talking about your personal interests? Listen to me and then repeat.


What do you do when you're not working?

I didn't know you did meditation.

I do too!

How often do you practise?

Most mornings, usually.

Sometimes it's hard to find time.

I normally meditate once or twice a week.

I never have enough time.


Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you talk about your personal interests in English. Bye for now! 


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Submitted by isaacgezer on Wed, 09/08/2023 - 04:23


Usually, I study, read, listening to music and playing with my daughter.

Submitted by April thingyan on Wed, 02/08/2023 - 12:25


I recently started learning English. I attended the class in the evening. I practice almost every day and I also study on Youtube and websites.

Submitted by Gy.perez on Sun, 02/07/2023 - 14:03


I don't work for the moment, but I an a student, in my free time I read books, watch asian drama and do yoga.

Submitted by Safe_Mode on Tue, 27/06/2023 - 11:46


When I'm not working I ride the bike and take photographs. Sometimes I like tobe just walking without any targets.

Submitted by katherinelle0_ on Thu, 15/06/2023 - 09:56


When I am not working, I usually spend my time with relatives. Often, I go for a walk, read books and watch films. I like spending my free time in a healthy way because it is essential for me.

Submitted by HANNAH CHU on Wed, 10/05/2023 - 04:21


I am always really tired after a long day of working, so I’ve recently started going cycling to help me relax. I practise most evenings and sometimes in the mornings. But if it’s really busy, it’s hard to find the time.

Submitted by Awa9102000 on Tue, 18/04/2023 - 12:31


When I am not working, I spend my time in learning English by taking courses online or watching English programs on TV. Sometimes, I also go the beach with a friend of one.

Submitted by Apiez95 on Sun, 16/04/2023 - 03:07


When i'm not working,i usually hang out with my friend.

Submitted by AidilZ06 on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 21:14


in my spare time, I will do activities that I like such as playing video games, watching movies/cartoons and so on. usually, I will spend my free time playing games with my friends.